Minn. DNR: Ice Still Too Thin To Play On

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is warning the ice on the state’s lakes and rivers is still too thin to play on, so parents should keep a sharp eye on their children during the Thanksgiving holiday.

The department reports that as of Monday, it had received no reports of ice anywhere in the state that was consistently 4 inches deep, the recommended thickness for walking.

There’s already been at least one thin-ice accident in Minnesota. On Sunday, an 8-year-old boy fell through the ice on a small pond in Oak Grove. He was rescued after 15 minutes and taken to a hospital.

DNR water safety specialist Tim Smalley says children are always attracted to ice, but they often don’t know when it’s thick enough to support their weight.

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  • You can do it

    Really? Thanks.
    You all know that someone, somewhere, is on a snowmobile that did not get this memo. Look for that story later in the month.

  • seriously

    The ice on our pond is barely a skim coating which only showed up last week. Seriously who is so foolish to think even a small animal would safetly walk on a pond. As for the snowmobile comment I hope they are smarter than that. They usually fall through on rivers which are never completely safe.

  • all republicans are stupid

    only jerks like kevin and just sayin go on the ice so soon.

    • Matt

      I love how republicans want smaller government but they want government to control who can get married

  • Marcus Sandusky

    Michele & Marcus Bachman could walk on the current ice level,I would be willing to bet $1.00 they could do it…please at least give it a try….

    • Matt

      I’ll donate $1 to that fund

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